By Kelsey Hull ’14
Skidmore College is excited to announce the addition of an electric vehicle charging Station to campus! The Skidmore charging kiosk, located in the Palamountain lot, supports two EV only parking spaces and is currently free to use. The EV charger is a 30 amp, 240V charger and works for most American cars. Other vehicles can use an adapter for American kiosks, which will normally come with any electric vehicle. Activating the kiosk requires a ChargePoint Card, or by calling ChargePoint. The addition of the charging station on campus doesn’t only put Skidmore’s values into action, but is an important tool to bring awareness and expand communication on energy use and sustainability.
The Skidmore EV charge station is supported by ChargePoint, the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world. ChargePoint hosts more than 16,500 places to charge, 2,320 customers, and is operating charging spots in North America, Europe Asia and Australia. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station. By plugging in and charging over 4,000,000 times, Chargepoint drivers have saved over 3.8 million gallons of gasoline and avoided 28 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Joining this network exemplifies Skidmore’s commitment to sustainability and taking initiative to support innovative solutions for better world.
Automobiles, above all else, represent America’s reliance to fossil fuels. Plug-in electric vehicles require no gasoline and emit no pollution from their tailpipes, and present a critical opportunity to slash pollution and reduce oil dependence. Most new fully electric vehicles can drive 70-130 miles on one charge. Supporting electric vehicles in this way continues to diversify and expand Skidmore’s wide repertoire of sustainable action and represents the starting point of an infrastructure on campus that supports and utilize more electric vehicle use.